Bhubaneswar: A woman based photo exhibition titled ‘Womanhood’ was held at the Rail Sadan here in the city by well-known photographer Sanjeet Pattanaik. As many as 21 frames on different activities and expressions of women were exhibited in the gallery for two days.

“I have taken most of these photographs especially in Keonjhar and Similipal. I have also taken some photos in Konark dance festival,” said Sanjeet.

The genre of the photos is mainly candid and street people. In candid photos, Sanjeet showcased different expressions of women. He captured the happy and jolly face of a small girl while holding her brother’s hand.

“I just tried to showcase that how the small girl is taking the responsibility of her brother with happiness,” he added.

In another photograph, he exhibited the seriousness of a woman while working. He clicked the photo while the lady is weaving in a Charakha.  He also clicked a photo of a girl while she is cooking. Different poses of dancers were also exhibited in the show.

Ornaments of a Kondha tribal girl were also exhibited through a portrait photo. Mostly, Sanjeet tried to showcase all the aspects of a woman though his solo exhibition.

Sanjeet started his photography at early age and he loves to capture emotions of people, street, macro and wildlife. He is also the founder member of the Mushroom Photography Circle, the leading photography club of the city.

Besides, one painting exhibition was also held simultaneously in the Rail Sadan premises.

Around 25 paintings by noted painter Nandita Mishra were exhibited. In most of her paintings, Nandita is partial to the female form and most of her portraits focused on women. Her creations depicted emotions.

 “If art is a way of depicting emotions, my works seem to suggest that emotions have no boundaries,” said Nandita.

Both the exhibitions were organised in the ongoing ‘Vagdevi Literature Festival’ at the same premises. For the first time, the two-day festival is organised by a city-based trust ‘Vagdevi Literature Trust’.

Poet Jayanta Mohapatra received the ‘Vagdevi Samman’ on the occasion.

Topics on ‘Women through ages’, ‘Tribal folklores and legends’ and ‘Translation: Opportunities and challenges’, ‘Me and my story’, ‘Childhood and literature’ and ‘Literature in the age of globalization’ etc were also discussed in these two days.

Finance and Excise Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera inaugurated the festival on Saturday.